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Harford teachers union head pushes for school funding increase [letter]

Editor:

All citizens of Harford County should be dismayed by County Executive Craig's proposed FY2014 Budget. Despite his claims of being a life-long educator, despite Harford County taking in more revenue than ever before, County Executive Craig has once again shown his misplaced priorities and lack of dedication to our schools. I am disappointed that the County Executive has so little regard for the hardworking HCPS staff, our schools and our students.

In February, over 500 school employees stood up for our schools. Nearly 50 speakers implored County Executive Craig to increase funding for our schools. Clearly, he is out of touch with the needs of our students, teachers and HCPS as a whole. We must fight for our schools.

Some may say, "It has always been this way." I say we must support our schools to build a future for the children of Harford County. I say we cannot be deterred. We must raise our voices for our schools, our students and our teachers. We must fight. Make arrangements now. Bring your family. Bring your friends. Bring your neighbors.

Frederick Douglass said, "If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle."

This is our struggle! We need to act.

On Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m., the Harford County Council will hold a budget hearing at Patterson Mill High School. We need every Harford County citizen who values the education provided by Harford County Public Schools to speak with their feet. We all must attend. We all must fight to protect public education for our children and to preserve the quality of our schools.

Ryan Burbey

President, Harford County Education Association

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